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I’m singing the beat. I hardly know the words to the track, but I am mouthing some semblance of logical English words in succession pretending as if I know the words to the song. Come to think of it, the succession of words is hardly logical. But, it’s the morning, and I am slowly awakening with a track stuck in my head from my drive home the night before. Where did I hear it? BPM? ElectricArea? Sebastian Ingrosso’s podcast? Fuck. What is the name of the song?

I attack my computer early in the morning trying to hunt down this track. What is its name? Is it this word that I kind of remember? Or this one? Or this one? I CAN’T EVEN REMEMBER THE FRIGGIN’ SONG THAT I HAVE STUCK IN MY HEAD!

This is the life of a dance music blogger and self-proclaimed expert. Nothing expert-like about sitting at your computer on a Saturday morning, hair pointing in different directions, face barely in order, and bed hardly made. This is straight obsession. I need to know what this dance music track is, and I need to know now.

Dogstarradio.com, Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, other dance music blogs. No relief. I can’t find it, and frankly I am getting frustrated. I ponder the zen approach: Let it go, and it will come to you. I play other dance tracks to try to get it out of my head. Now, I can’t even remember the bare minimum that I could remember. The track is gone, into the ether, and nowhere to be found in my mush mind on a Saturday morning.

Saturday and Sunday come and go. Periodically, I capture words, beats, melodies of the track that I think will trigger my memory. Yet, nothing. I listen to other dance music songs and act as if any one of these could be the missing track! Yet, I know I am fooling myself. I start pretending that I never even heard of the track in the first place. Yet, pretending doesn’t work, either.

Two days later, I’m driving. The radio is tuned to a David Guetta mix show. He’s spinnin’ track after track and there is no track information on the Sirius panel. Just the name of the show. I hear a track that I really like. It sounds familiar. Is this the one? Is this the track that I couldn’t find? I Shazam it. Of course I pulled over to do this! It would be irresponsible not to. Seriously, I did. (I didn’t).

The Ashton Shuffle? Versus Tommy Trash? Huh? I don’t THINK I’ve ever heard of this track. I click My Tags in Shazam, and behold, this is not the first time I have Shazam’d this track. There it is again, tagged just a few days earlier. Did I have the track name in my possession the whole time and didn’t even know it? This must be the track. Mustn’t it?

As soon as I get home, I listen to it in its entirety. This is the ONE. I think!? Isn’t it? Now, I can’t even remember the track that I was trying to remember on Saturday. Blasted! No, this is the one. It’s got to be. I am pretty sure it is. It’s it. It’s it. IT’S ALIVE!!!! IT’S ALIVE!!!!

I think. Gahhhhd. OK, whether it is or it isn’t (I think it is), it’s a jam. And I am lovin’ it. And now, I can share it with all the world. Or just the dozen or so people who read this blog. Whichever is more. Mas o menos. Give or take a few. Here it is! In all of its it-took-me-forever-but-not-really-to-find glory.

Sunrise – The Ashton Shuffle v. Tommy Trash

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The Hot Six Mix #6

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I’m excited that I’ll be interviewing a rising star this weekend, Ken Loi, right after his performance at Rosebar in Washington DC on October 20th.  I first fell in love with his sound when I heard All it Takes on BPM XM satellite radio over the summer.

Ken has originals released on Musical Freedom (Tiësto’s label), Dim Mak (Steve Aoki’s label), and Ultra. He even has a radio show called Monster Mash on Tiësto’s XM channel.

Ken is slowly becoming a house hold name in the EDM community and his stage presence has continued to bloom. Most recently, he opened for Tiësto to a roaring crowd of 27,000 at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.  But you can always find him in DJ’ing in his home base Las Vegas at XS, Hard Rock Café and Marquee.

Here’s a preview of his sound and we hope to bring you a full interview and special track for The Hot Six soon.

Ken Loi ft. Zashanell – All It Takes 

 

The Hot Six Team.

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Adrian Lux and Furry Erotica?

by Breakstone on October 16, 2012

In what world can a bunny and shark fall in love? According to Adrian Lux’s video for the original mix of his latest hit, “Burning,” in the furry world.

The furry world was introduced to me during one of the most epic episodes of my favorite show, Entourage. More from this below. This song was introduced to me after listening to it on satellite radio.

The remix, featured here, is by Feenixpawl and Ivan Gough. Feenixpawl is a duo of Australian DJs named Aden Forte and Josh Soon. Ivan Gough is an Australian producer and fifty percent of dance music duo, TV Rock, with Grant Smillie. The trio is most well-known for their 2011 production of “In My Mind” with SHM’s Axwell. The track was introduced to the world at SHM’s Madison Square Garden gig, but really picked up steam in 2012 with heavy rotation on the radio and in DJ sets.

Adrian Lux is part of the Swedish house DJ movement that, with Holland, has dominated dance music in the last two years. The 26 year old, whose real name is Prinz Adrian Johanne Hynne burst onto the scene with 2010 hit, “Teenage Crime.” The remode by fellow Swedes, Axwell and Henrik B, saw the track surge to the top of EDM charts.

This second massive hit will definitely have you fistpumping all the way to Stockholm.

Burning (Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl Remix) – Adrian Lux

Check out the original video. If you’re a fan of Entourage, it should remind you of the furry erotica episode.

Burning (Original Mix) – Adrian Lux

Turtle and the Bunny Suit – Entourage

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This song is getting massive airplay on Sirius’ BPM. I’m lovin’ it.

Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – Milan & Phoenix

The original song was recorded by The Four Lads. Check it out…

Istanbul – The Four Lads

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Swedish House Mafia, kings of house music, and perennial chart-toppers, are calling it quits. After a torrid three year run with one massive hit after another, the Swedish trio is planning on taking a break after their current tour – and possibly all together calling it quits. Tickets for their “One Last Tour” went on sale last week, with Los Angeles slated as their final stop. Here are the tour dates with the as-of-this moment ticket situation:

Via (http://www.onelasttour.com/)
TICKETS ON SALE NOW

EXCEPT: SOUTH AFRICA & INDIA – ON SALE 8 OCT

ADDITIONAL AMSTERDAM MONDAY 1 OCT MIDDAY LOCAL TIME
ADDITIONAL MASQUERADE MOTEL LA & TORONTO SHOWS ON SALE FRIDAY 5 OCT 10:00 LOCAL TIME

NOV 16TH DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTER – DUBAI
NOV 17TH SUNBURN ARENA, TURF CLUB – MUMBAI
NOV 18TH SUNBURN ARENA UNITECH GOLF CLUB, NOIDA – DELHI
NOV 22ND FRIENDS ARENA – STOCKHOLM – SOLD OUT
NOV 23RD FRIENDS ARENA – STOCKHOLM – SOLD OUT
NOV 24TH FRIENDS ARENA – STOCKHOLM – SOLD OUT
NOV 26TH FORUM – COPENHAGEN
NOV 29TH 02 ARENA – PRAGUE
NOV 30TH WM-PARK PLANAI – SCHLADMING
DEC 1ST SPORTPALEIS – ANTWERP
DEC 6TH FESTHALLE – FRANKFURT
DEC 7TH ZIGGO DOME – AMSTERDAM – SOLD OUT
DEC 8TH BERCY – PARIS
DEC 12TH ZIGGO DOME – AMSTERDAM
DEC 13TH ZIGGO DOME – AMSTERDAM – SOLD OUT
DEC 15TH STADIUM LIVE – MOSCOW
DEC 18TH PAVILHÃO ATLÂNTICO – LISBON
DEC 22ND TELENOR ARENA – OSLO
JAN 25TH WILD WATERS – JOHANNESBURG
JAN 26TH WILD WATERS – JOHANNESBURG
JAN 27TH LOURENSFORD WINE ESTATE – CAPE TOWN
FEB 13TH BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM – SAN FRANCISCO
FEB 14TH BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM – SAN FRANCISCO – SOLD OUT
FEB 15TH BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM – SAN FRANCISCO – SOLD OUT
FEB 16TH BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM – SAN FRANCISCO – SOLD OUT
FEB 20TH UNITED CENTER – CHICAGO – SOLD OUT
FEB 22ND ROGERS CENTER – TORONTO
FEB 23RD ROGERS CENTER – TORONTO – SOLD OUT
FEB 27TH BELL CENTRE – MONTREAL
MAR 1ST MADISON SQUARE GARDEN – NEW YORK – SOLD OUT
MAR 2ND BARCLAY’S CENTER – NEW YORK – SOLD OUT
MAR 3RD BARCLAY’S CENTER – NEW YORK – SOLD OUT
MAR 4TH BARCLAY’S CENTER – NEW YORK
MAR 8TH MASQUERADE MOTEL @ LA STATE HISTORIC PARK – LOS ANGELES
MAR 9TH MASQUERADE MOTEL @ LA STATE HISTORIC PARK – LOS ANGELES – SOLD OUT

Speaking of Los Angeles, as I mentioned in this post, I have relocated to LA to pursue the entertainment career full-time. Today is my second full day in the city of angels, and I am finally set up and ready to rock and roll. You can count on more frequent updates from The Hot Six going forward.

In honor of our Swedish friends, I want you to rock out to their latest jam. I’m lovin’ it. I hope you do as well.

Don’t Your Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin

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Hi everyone, it’s been a busy end of the summer for me with trips around the country every weekend.  I’m back to the grind, but still living a passionate life every day and not just for the weekends.  Monday is the start of a week of opportunity to make something work out.

To that end, I love RAC’s remix of Two Door Cinema ClubSomething Good Can Work.  As the lyrics say, if you start it, if you work at it, it’ll happen.  As Mae West infamously says, You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. 

Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (RAC Remix)

 

Let’s make this happen.

Happy Monday!

Yasi June

 

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The Art of the Mashup

by Breakstone on September 12, 2012

There are a number of places to find new music: satellite radio, live shows, internet radio, YouTube, etc. Finding dope new music for us dance music bloggers is like finding a rock on the streets for crackheads. It’s that Yahtzee moment when you get excited, know that you’re about to consume the shit out of this new find, and share it with your friends. Hmmm…maybe the sharing part is where the crack analogy is limited. But you know what I mean!

The mashup, however, is hard to find on any radio station. There are some understandable reasons for that. First of all, it doesn’t make sense economically. When a song hits the radio waves, people make money. But a mashup is not always an official track sanctioned by all artists and their distribution companies. The whole idea behind a mashup is to take two established tracks and mix them together to form something newer and awesomer. But, economically, those two tracks have are tangled in contracts up the wazoo. Theoretically, you could ask the artists and their record labels and their distribution networks to sign off on new agreements releasing a mashup officially and raking in the proceeds. But, it just doesn’t happen.

Vis-a-vis IP law, it seems as though a mashup would fall under an exception to copyright infringement because the mashup arguably creates “new art.” But, to then translate that into radio play or record sales would invite a host of litigation and aggravation that I don’t think anyone wants to deal with.

That said, the hotbed for hearing new mashups is the live show. In fact, the reality behind modern-day DJ’ing is that it is not enough to just flawlessly mix songs into one another. It’s one thing if you are producing your own tracks and want to feature them one-by-one in your set. But, a live DJ set today (and for many years) has been marked by the ability of the DJ to take well-known tracks and make new ones with them.

The most common method for the mashup is to overlay a vocal track over an instrumental one. It’s relatively easier for starters: one track has a banging beat, another, great vocals. Put ’em together and whatya got? Bippity boppitty boo. It’s harder to find two songs that are merged so flawlessly that they seem like they were one song to begin with regardless of whether they are vocal or instrumental tracks.

Although there are many examples of mashups, I have included three that illustrate the point. The first mashup pits two bangers against each other. The kick of the track is in the Sandro Silva and Quintino track, “Epic.” But, the Dada Life track “Kick Out The Motherf**ker” also bangs on its own. Put ’em together and whatya got? Bippity boppity boo.

The mashup happens at the one hour six minute (1:06:00) mark; from Hardwell’s set at Tomorrowland 2012:

And here are the two tracks individually:

Kick Out The Epic Mother – Dada Life

Epic – Sandro Silva & Quintino

In Sander Van Doorn’s Sensation Innerspace 2012 set, he offers another mashup with “Epic,” this time to Example’s “The Way You Kiss Me” at the fifty-eight thirty (58:30) mark. Classic banging beat with classic vocal overlay.

As a side note, my actual favorite track from this set is this vocal gem released last year, but still sounding awesome:

Nothing Inside – Sander Van Doorn ft. Mayaeni

The last mashup to me demonstrates the zenith of mashup technique. This is a mashup of a house track WITH vocals mashed up with a vocal-laden indie-sounding emo pop killer. It helps that the house track is Avicii’s “Le7els” The Hot Six’s 2011 HOTTEST Track of the Year, and a track that just happens to goes well with anything! Put ’em together and whatya got? You guessed it. Bippity boppity boo.

Le7els v. Somebody That I Used to Know – Avicii

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